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Article Dans Une Revue Social Dynamics Année : 2017

What do we call post-apartheid?


In this paper, the author examines the different uses and meanings of the usual expression “post-apartheid.” It has been used extensively in the social sciences, political discourse and the media since the mid-1980s. But what does it refer to, and has it always meant the same thing over the last 20 years? To answer that question, the author reviews the different ways she has used the notion in her research into workers’ forms of thinking and political subjectivities in South Africa since 1996. She distinguishes between its use as a chronological marker, an academic concept open to various problematics and epistemological decisions and a notion used by interviewees under various acceptations. She concentrates more specifically on the sequential implications of the adverb “post” in her work and argues that there have been political sequences in what she (with others) has named “post-apartheid.” She concludes that she intends to stop using this term in order to concentrate on identifying the current political sequence in South Africa.


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hal-03102295 , version 1 (07-01-2021)



Judith Hayem. What do we call post-apartheid?. Social Dynamics, 2017, Social Dynamics, 43 (3), pp.386-402. ⟨10.1080/02533952.2017.1409162⟩. ⟨hal-03102295⟩


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